Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Science Directorate
Contact Person: Yannis Zouganelis
Institution: European Space Agency (ESA)
Application Due Date: Monday, September 19 2022
Web Link: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/space-science-faculty/opportunities/research-fellowships
We are pleased to announce the 2022 Call for Applications for the European Space Agency’s Research Fellowships in Space Science. The call is opening on 22 August 2022 with an application deadline on 19 September 2022.
ESA’s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA’s endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe, and cover the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics.
The research fellowships offer unique insights into ESA’s environment and activities while conducting cutting-edge research. Mentoring and training opportunities are available, as are possibilities to engage with ESA science-related activities (e.g., archive/data science, operations, calibration, communication, citizen science).
Within the Science Directorate (SCI), we welcome all independent proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions. The Space Science fellowships can be taken up at any of the three sites ESAC, ESTEC or STScI and we encourage applicants to choose sites that allow for best local collaborations. To learn more about the research conducted by the ESA scientists at different sites, please visit the Faculty Member Directory and the pages for the Faculty research groups. There is a separate page for research at the ESA Office at STScI (see also the research of non-ESA scientists at STScI).
ESA Research Fellow contracts have a maximum duration of three years. Projects initially last two years and are frequently extended to a third year.
Research Fellowships in Space Science (SCI) can be located at any of the following institutes:
- European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
- European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
- ESA office at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Who can apply
Applicants should have recently completed or be close to completing their PhD in a technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with up to five years of relevant experience after their PhD.
Applications can only be considered from national of one of the 22 ESA Member States. Nationals of Slovenia, Latvia and Lithuania as Associate Members, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).
More information on the Research Fellowship programme and on how to apply can be found at https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/space-science-faculty/opportunities/research-fellowships
What we offer
A stimulating and inspiring working environment is just one of the benefits of working at ESA. Other advantages include competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, and comprehensive health coverage. More information about the terms and conditions of ESA Research Fellowships can be found on our careers website.
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability, or other characteristics. Applications from female scientists are encouraged.
Deadline for applications is 19 September 2022.